Alaska Development Team

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Julie Anderson

Commissioner, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development

Expertise: Oil and Gas, Fisheries, Mining, Economic and Rural Development

Commissioner Anderson has held leadership positions within both private and public sectors and has a diverse background in Alaska’s core sectors. Increasing economic development opportunities and growing the economy in all regions of the state is a priority. Commissioner Anderson received her undergraduate degree in Business with an emphasis in International Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and holds a Masters of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
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Fred Villa

Senior Development Executive, Alaska Development Team

Expertise: Agriculture, Mariculture, Mining, Oil & Gas, Mining, and Workforce Development

Fred was a founder of the Alaska Process Industries Careers Consortium and member of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board for 13 years.  While serving as Associate Vice President of the University of Alaska, Fred was responsible for investing in education and training systems that supported economic development in all high priority and high demand industry sector jobs throughout the state.  With extensive experience in mariculture, agriculture, and nearly 20 years in the oil and gas industry, Fred is passionate about connecting new investments to develop Alaska’s vast resources.

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John Springsteen

Senior Development Executive, Alaska Development Team

Expertise: Industrial Infrastructure, Project Finance, Oil & Gas, Mining, Technology, Energy

John served as Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), Chief Financial Officer of a natural gas development company, and as an economic advisor and management consultant to multinational corporations. He began his career as an environmental engineer. John received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
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Matt Fagnani

Senior Development Executive, Alaska Development Team

Expertise: Department of Defense/Military Economic Development, Maricultural, Commercial Fishing, Timber
Research Technology and Innovation

Matthew Fagnani has held leadership positions for over 30 years with Alaskan based oil and gas, government contracting, and mining-related businesses. His diverse background includes working with SBA 8a government contracting programs, Alaska Native corporations, workforce development, occupational health and wellness, industrial training, and oil field service operations. Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Coast University.
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Keith Comstock

Senior Development Executive, Alaska Development Team

Expertise: Business Development, Energy, Technology

Keith has extensive experience in Business and Government and is best known as a Technologist and Technology Entrepreneur. He has served as the Chief Technology Officer and on the Governor’s cabinet for the State of West Virginia. Keith has participated as an investor, board member and manager of both technology and next-generation Renewable Energy Projects. His experience as an entrepreneur operating in Alaska gives him a unique understanding as to the challenges that current and emerging Alaska businesses face. Keith received his Bachelors in Management from the McGregor School at Antioch University.